Verb TensesHow to distinguish different verb tenses when tutoring
WHY THE TOPIC?• During the tutoring session, I believe that many tutees often write their essays with wrong verb tenses.• I want to learn it myself.
IMPORTANCE FORCORRECT VERB TENSES• Clear and easy to understand• Consistency• To express the event with proper verb tenses
HOW TO FIND THE VERB?• Underline the possible verbs that show or imply some action.• Change the time of the sentence and find the word that changes.• *Some verbs may contain two words “ex: I am going to school.” (from Judy’s grammar package)
EDITING ADVICE• Do all the verbs belong to the time cluster (present, past, or future) in one paragraph?• If yes, ask yourself that does each verb convey precisely the time you had in mind, the relationship to other times or actions, and the idea of an action completed or in progress?• If no, look carefully at the verbs that do not fit. Is there a reason for the switch in time? Then, rewrite the verb that provides the appropriate indication of time. (from Ann Raime’s grammar toublespots)
1.ASSIGNMENTS THAT MAY USE PRESENT TENSES• The assignment that talks about “who I am.”• The assignment that compares the new grading system with the old one (writing about the new system).• The assignment that introduces ourselves.
MEANING• Activities or events that occurring in the present.• Summarizing pieces of writing, films, plays.• Stating ongoing opinions, beliefs, habits, and facts.• Ex: I ride a bike to school everyday.• (from Judy’s grammar package)
Verbs in the simple present tense• Singular: • Plural:• Writes • Write• Studies • Study• walks • Walk